44th Chinese naval escort taskforce arrives in Muscat, Oman

China Military Online
Lin Congyi
2023-10-11 18:58:12

The 44th Chinese naval escort taskforce arrives in Muscat, capital of Oman, on October 10.

MUSCAT, Oct. 11 -- The 44th Chinese naval escort taskforce arrived in Muscat, capital of Oman, on October 10, for a five-day goodwill visit.

Warships Zibo and Jingzhou of the taskforce steadily docked at Port Sultan Qaboos in Muscat around 9:00 in the morning, welcomed by more than 400 people including representatives of Omani military, Chinese Ambassador to Oman Li Lingbing, Military Attaché Wu Xinyan, and overseas Chinese.

Following the welcome ceremony, accompanied by the Captain and Political Commissar of the ship Zibo, Ambassador Li reviewed the honor guards and talked with Commander of the taskforce. At the same time, Omani military leaders, staff of the Chinese Embassy to Oman, and overseas Chinese attended the ceremony and visited the ship Zibo.

According to the Commander of the taskforce, this year marks the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Oman, so it is hoped that this goodwill visit will help facilitate the friendship and all-dimensional cooperation between the two countries through this visit, and add new momentum to the cause of jointly building a China-Arab community with a shared future in the new era.

Having accomplished its escort mission, the 44th Chinese naval escort taskforce handed over duties to the 45th taskforce on October 2 and started visiting voyage. It is the third official visit by a Chinese naval taskforce to Oman, and the first stop on the visiting voyage of the 44th escort taskforce.

During the visit, the two sides will call on each other and hold deck reception, professional exchanges, joint training and exercise, cultural and sports communications and other activities.

Omani military leaders visit the ship Zibo accompanied by members of the Chinese taskforce.

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